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Economy minister backtracks on nationalists victory 'joke'

'Kidding that euroskeptic win could be healthy shock'

14 January, 19:54
Economy minister backtracks on nationalists victory 'joke' (ANSA) - Milan, January 14 - Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni backpedaled on comments he made Tuesday that a victory for nationalist movements at upcoming European elections could be a "healthy wake-up call" for Europe.

"It was clearly a joke...addressed in a kidding tone to the audience at a conference," said a statement from the economy ministry. Last month Italian Premier Enrico Letta said "up to 25%" of the European Parliament could be represented by euroskeptics and anti-Europeans following elections in May.

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